Sunday Sermon

The passage this morning from the prophet Jeremiah opens with these momentous words: “It was the Lord who made it known to me, and I knew.” I hear Jeremiah saying, “God has been trying to explain this to me. I see it now; I finally get it.” Yet, the rest of the...

Surrender to a New Beginning

It’s wonderful to be gathered with you today on this official kick-off to our Program Year. This has been a long-awaited day ever since COVID derailed much of our community’s life and plans 18 months ago. But finally, we’re back: Acolytes are guiding us in, the choirs...

Be Open

In this passage, Jesus sticks his fingers into a man’s ears (this is definitely pre-COVID!), then spits and touches the man’s tongue…and then calls a woman a dog! Now, for those keeping track, this is my 5th Sunday sermon here and so far I’ve been given texts that...

Sunday Sermon

What a difficult week it has been. The terrorist attack in Afghanistan on Thursday, tragically, resulted in the loss of almost 200 lives. The world watches anxiously as the evacuation continues, amid reports of possibly more attacks to come. This comes on the heels of...

Sunday Sermon

“It is the Spirit that gives life. The flesh is useless.”  Are spirit and flesh, or perhaps spirit and matter, separate? Divided? Opposed to one another? Spiritual or religious values and attitudes are often considered to be antithetical to those we consider...

Sunday Sermon

The Gospel, two weeks ago, ended with these words: “Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’” Last week, the Gospel began with these words: “Jesus said to them, ‘I am the...

COVID Announcement

Dear Family, By the end of June, we seemed to have turned the corner on the COVID virus and felt free to engage in activities without masks, particularly outside. Unfortunately, a new surge is underway. Along with you, I am discouraged and disappointed. Let’s hold...

Sunday Sermon

Every once in a while, I have a moment in church where I realize the complete strangeness of whatever we’re doing. I bet you’ve all had moments like that too, or you will soon! I had one of these the other week at our 11:15 service. We sang a song during the...

Sunday Sermon

Gary and I both have an app on our phones that we enjoy playing called Wordscapes – it’s a game of mini crossword puzzles. For each play, you’re given six or seven letters to create words, different combinations of these same six or seven letters. You fill in the...

Sunday Sermon

Friends, it is good to be back with you. You know, I was your Director of Youth Ministries from October 2017-September 2020, which always felt more like ten years to me than three. Now I’ve been gone ten months, and it feels like it really might have been years since...